Boris Nemtsov Summer School of Journalism and Socio-Cultural Studies 2024 (Fully Funded)

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement Not required
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level School
  • Eligible Region/Countries


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  • Medium of Instruction Russian
  • Field of study Journalism
  • Opportunity ID 69675
  • Funding Type Fully Funded
  • Duration July 14 to July 27

Opportunity Description

Designed for young journalists, bloggers, science popularizers, and researchers worldwide, the Summer School of Journalism and Sociocultural Studies is a two-week European media program. Enrollment in the school is free of charge. This program is designed for media professionals who have less than three years of experience and want to grow their networks and advance their careers. Enrollment in the school is free of charge.

Held in the Erich Brost Institute of International Journalism in Stuttgart, Germany, the 2024 School will run from July 14 to July 27. Candidates should have at least a B2 level of proficiency in the English language and be fluent in Russian. German participants in the program this year are from the Dortmund Technical University’s Faculty of Journalism.

Brief Details

  • Organized by: Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom
  • Location: Institute of International Journalism, Erich Brost, Germany
  • Deadline: 15 March 2024
  • Duration: from the 14 July until the July 27, 2024
  • Number of Opportunities: 30
  • Type: Short program
  • Eligible Nations: Worldwide

About Course:

The program consists primarily of practice and very little theory. There are editing workshops where students may present and talk about their initiatives. The school assists with the finest materials’ publishing on affiliated media outlets.
Weekdays are when lectures and seminars are offered (exceptions are possible due to the schedules of their lecturers). They anticipate that Summer School attendees will attend all of the scheduled classes. They provide optional cultural and athletic activities to students on the weekends. As their curriculum is fairly extensive, you won’t be able to fit it in with job or school at this time.

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Key Themes of the 2024 School include:

  • Media management
  • Storytelling and documentary filmmaking
  • The art of Reels
  • The role of the Global South in the world
  • Media freedom and digital authoritarianism
  • The Russian media system before and after 2022
  • Ethical dilemmas in journalism and ways to overcome them
  • Journalist safety
  • Investigative journalism: methods, sources of information, and circumventing sanctions
  • Visa: To take part in the program, participants must obtain a Schengen visa, which is assisted by the school.


  • The cost of travel will be reimbursed.
  • Assistance will be provided.
  • Food should be covered.
  • Health insurance is provided.

The pupils are responsible for paying the remaining costs.


  • Students above the age of 18 may apply.
  • Proficiency in both Russian and English (at least level B2);
  • Three years’ worth of experience in journalism or similar fields (though this is not a requirement);
  • It is not a requirement to have prior media experience to apply.
  • They will only accept individual pieces for their competitive selection process.
  • Applications from teams and similar media projects submitted by multiple applicants are not taken into consideration.
  • Don’t mention broad subjects like “feminism,” “ecology,” “sanctions,” “war,” or subjects that have been covered extensively in the media. Attempt to present a fresh viewpoint on well-known topics or discuss a topic that hasn’t yet gained widespread acceptance in the journalism world. Describe why your audience might find your topic interesting.
  • Don’t suggest tasks that will take more time or money to finish on your own before the end of the year.

Application Requirements:

  • Professional CV;
  • The idea for a media project that you intend to carry out in response to the findings of your research;
  • A one-minute English video that tells about your background and your interests in work.

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For more details about Boris Nemtsov Summer School of Journalism and Socio-Cultural Studies 2024, kindly refer to Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom’s official website.

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